As waves of worry and fear ripple through many countries and individuals in regard to the outbreak of the new Corona virus, it is the right moment to take a look inside what is happening behind the screen of our minds.
The Corona virus reminds us that disease and ultimately death may not be as far away as we thought. Yes – we always knew that, but we had pushed it far away into some corner of our mind. But now it seems to be so much more acute, now we cannot postpone anymore. Death has always been the only certainty in our lives, but as a society we have managed to block all thoughts about it, to hide its consequences from our conscious mind. Thats why we are so busy filling our minds with entertainment, drugs and all kind of distracting things: to avoid looking at that which we cannot escape: Death.
But then, in times of crisis, our blockage of not seeing the unwanted becomes porous: reality filters in.
And while usually our mind tries to keep away the content from the unconscious and collective unconscious, now that doesnt work any more. For a deeper understanding what is happening, we need to understand more about the nature of our mind and consciousness. So we need to bring awareness and understanding in these areas of our being where we usually never look. That part of mind that we use in our daily life is a very small part of our wholeness. Osho called it “the thin layer of consciousness”. “And the conscious mind… I will call it the so-called conscious mind because it is only so-called. It is so tiny, just a flicker, but even if it is just a flicker it is important because it has the seed; the seeds are always small. It has great potential.”
Now, underneath that there lies the realm of the unconscious mind, ten times bigger than our day-to-day layer of consciousness. And underneath that, there is the even bigger realm of the collective unconscious mind. From the unconsciousness and collective unconscious many things start arising. They start coming up, manifesting in our body-mind and are perceived by our conscious part of the mind.
As the news of a new disease spreading thoughout the world reach to the individual consciousness, many people suddenly are faced with something bubbling up inside of them, influencing their body and their emotions. With awareness one might notice the place in the body – for most people its the area of the solarplexus. And as these energies start bubbling up, they influence our body, behaving like voices, telling us to be afraid, to worry, – producing tension and stress in our being. What is happening is that the collective unconscious is triggered and releasing some content. The collective unconscious has seen and experienced many lifes and many deaths. Its voice is a voice of caution and fear. It knows about the dangers of life, its job is to keep the body alive, but it knows nothing of what lies beyond death. Thats why it is associated with fear.
But with our awareness and meditation we can bring the contents of the unconscious and collective unconscious into the light of our consciousness: It means, facing our fears, not suppressing them. On the path of meditation we learn how to face our biggest fears, not pushing it aside, but letting it be there – and at the same time, we can recognize that while the fear is there, something else is there too: it is our awareness, noticing, seeing, feeling the fear. And slowly we become capable of facing that which we always tried to avoid. It is uncomfortable, that is true, but the message of the Enlightened Ones is clear: There is no other way but awareness.
“Awareness is eternal, it knows no death. Only unawareness dies. So if you remain unconscious, asleep, you will have to die again. If you want to get rid of this whole misery of being born and dying again and again, if you want to get rid of the wheel of birth and death, you will have to become absolutely alert. You will have to reach higher and higher into consciousness.”(Osho)
As we learn to integrate our deepest fears into our life, to stay present to its effects in our body-mind, a new door opens: a door into freedom and trust, into joy and love. Fear is just the absence of awareness, the product of our identification with the body-mind. “Biology is blind, it pulls you to the earth. Biology knows nothing of higher consciousness. Meditation is from the stars. Meditation can take you home, it has eyes. But it takes an exceptional meditator to overcome the gravitational pull of thousands of years of biology.”(Osho)
And with awareness, we can penetrate deeper and deeper into those hidden layers inside of us, without any fear. What opens up is the cosmos of a new reality and the recognition that we are much bigger than our mind ever could perceive.
In his akashic transmission to Devageet Osho describes the collective unconscious as follows: “The pain from the teeth appeared like lines of fire, lines of light leading to a place in the center of my chest. The place in my chest appeared as a ball of light. The ball of light is connected by a river of light to a much vaster light, like a huge sun, outside of the body.. That sun is the collective unconscious mind of the whole human race. It seems that our teeth connect each individual to the whole collective unconsciousness of humanity. It is the record of humanitys biological evolutionary history. The real human collective unconscious mind is the millions of years of Mans experiential memories, stored and recorded as a code in the DNA in each cell of the human body. It is our human biological collective inheritance.”
“With awareness, the true seeker can bring all the unconscious memories to consciousness. This will be a tremendous breakthrough in their meditation. This will enable people to go deep enough for the real transformation to happen.”